Cycling is awesome and this is why I started this website. A bicycle trailer or cargo trailer is an added addition that makes cycling fun, but what are the import features that you should look at when choosing an adult bicycle.
The previous article that I wrote, I gave you a bicycle buying checklist, what different bikes you can buy and the importance of the bike frame – this article deals with the important features of making your ride and comfortable one. Remember that cycling includes bike safety rules which we will cover in future articles, not just the features of the cycles.
Additional Features to Look At When Buying A Bicycle.
Gear Options – The majority of modern bikes have 27 gears – these are more than what you would need for commuting around town. For the town areas, you need a bicycle with only eight gears, although more may be useful if you ride a hill area every day. Adding additional gears become costly as it adds weight and with it comes maintenance issues.
Quality is also important, as gears are part of a group set. These are made up of a front, rear, derailleurs, chain, cassette, cranks, and shifters as well as the brakes. There are different grades from the entry-level to the pro for both your mountain and road bikes.
As the grade on the group set improves the lighter, they become. They are more durable and present you with excellent performance. However, if you are only commuting on a daily basis around town, you may not need these advanced group sets. The important thing is to keep the gears clean and maintained.
The internal hubs
This is when the gear system is in a covered chamber and a great option as it has little maintenance. Additionally, you can shift the gears while stopping. The only downside is that it makes it difficult for you to remove a tyre when it has a flat.
Here you can consider a few things to keep those wheels running safely on the road. Durability is important and double-walled rims are much stronger than a single-walled one. Look at the spoke count as the higher; the better it is when travelling on a bumpy road. Make sure that you have a quick-release wheel, as they are great if you are stuck with a flat. The only downside it makes it easier for another person to steal your wheel.
The tyres – Here you can look at the size of the tyre as the wider the wheel, the less likely you will have a puncture. And never buy those knobby treads made for mountain bikes, as it is not meant for your commuting bike. Moreover, prevent buying cheap tyres that often come with your bike. They are more likely to puncture. If you can try buying puncture resistant tyres as they lessen the risk of getting a puncture.
The right accessories
Some accessories are necessary, but what to choose:
- Grips, saddles, and pedals – these provide you added comfort and best to avoid pedals that dip in as you need to stop on a regular basis,
- A rack – these are great to place all your important items on, especially if you commute to work and back. If you are planning to buy a city commuting bike, make sure that it has an option for adding one later,
- Mudguards are great when it is raining, and
- Most important safety – here your helmet and bell is a great feature and remember that important standard sticker on your helmet,
- Lights and reflectors are great if you are in need of travelling in low lighting conditions as you need to be noticeable for up to 200 metres a must in compliance with bike safety rules.
- A high visibility vest and makes you more noticeable for others to see while on the road,
- A lock to keep your prized bike safe, and pump for those unexpected flats on the road, and
- A must have while cycling is a tyre lever and puncture kit for unexpected tyre flats.
Cycling tips for you
- Insurance – this is critical if you happen to be in an accident. If you sign up with your state cycling body, you will receive insurance against public liability, personal injury, and income protection. It may not cover your bike and you may need to take out a separate insurance,
- Maintenance – get your bike serviced every 6 – 12 months, depending on how much you use your bike. This should cost you less than $100 including parts, and
- Find the best route to travel – plan your route carefully to get to your destination safe and quick. Here you can use the “Ride to City app” or the “Google Maps” offering you bike directions.